Content Insider #163 - The 3D Evolution

We swore 3D TV would be here after last year's CES ...BIG!!! Even after 30 years of working in the PC/CE/communications space we were blinded by the light.  We knew better but it just felt so right.  Why isn't it here yet?  The infrastructure isn't in place.  Education, comprehension, appreciation, love takes time.  But we're getting closer.  2011 will deliver significant improvements, gains for home, mobile viewing. . When will the 3D stars be in alignment so it will be an accepted fact?   Soon...very soon.   "… Politicians from around the world will see it. Of course, they'll want to use it as a weapon. As a scientist - no, as a human being - I can't allow that to happen!" - Dr. Seizawa, Godzilla (1954), Toho Films

2011…New Consumers, New Markets, New Economy Take Hold

Let's start by saying 2011 is going to be the year we wanted three years ago when the financial institutions "borrowed" our global wellbeing!  It was the first time we entered unfamiliar territory because the financial meltdown didn't affect just one country but all of us.

Content Insider #156 - Business Must Constantly Look to, Plan for Tomorrow

Even though a few companies have sold 10M +/- tablets and phones in the US and are slowly, painfully rolling them out in other wealthy consumer markets (Japan, North America, Europe), that's only a drop in the proverbial consumer population bucket.   There's are 300 million potential consumers in the US and a whopping six billion plus around the globe.   Today, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the wealthy countries is modest (at best), and the outlook for the next 10 years isn't overly aggressive.                         The "buy low, sell high" approach - buying components, manufacturing "somewhere" at the lowest possible price and selling them for optimum profit to folks in the wealthy areas is becoming more challenging.   That's why businesses are becoming more serious about reaching, influencing emerging economy consumers. "There must be alternatives. You must have some technology that could solve our problem." - Professor Barnhardt, The Day the Earth Stood Still, 2008

Content Insider #157 - The Portable World

Think about it…Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, you hittin' the road on rad bikes.  How freakin cool!  How free!! How far to the next electrical outlet because your notebook, tablet, smartphone, iPod batteries are in the red zone? Some say it was Jobs that put you on the road to adventure.  First, the iPhone that did everything but make a call.  Then, the iPad that does even more of everything, still doesn't make a call.  "Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em." - George Hanson (Jack Nicholson) - Easy Rider (1969), Columbia Pictures

Content Insider #158 - The New Consumer

New Consumer, New Tools Equals New Normal You should really be excited. The government - no matter what country you live in - recently reported that the last few unsteady years are behind us and things are better and getting better. That's government speak. Actually, the downturn lasted so long it changed the consumer landscape, so the next few years deserve their own name..the new normal. Jason explained, "Then do something about it. Everything you need is in there." We're frugal in areas we never thought twice about before. "This is Jason Bourne. You are nine hours behind the toughest target you have ever tracked. Now I want everyone to sit down, strap in, and turn on all you've got. That would mean now." - Pamela Landy (Joan Allen), The Bourn Ultimatum (2007), United Pictures

Content Insider #153 - Entertainment Everywhere

We're not certain what the preoccupation is with TV, but firms beyond the old-fashioned content developers, producers, "shippers" have gone out of their way to say they have the solution you need/want!

Insider #151 - Social Media - Great Place for Business, Friends, Bad Guys

Gawd…glad the Web and social nets weren't around during our college frat years. 

Insider #152 - The Family NAS

Housewide Storage -- Better Safe than Sorry But…

Content Insider #146 - Games Get Real

Historically, two "fringe" markets drove technology advances.  One was - and still is - video gaming…if you can't figure out the second, tough! But video gaming isn't video gaming anymore.  Not like it used to be, dominated by hardcore pasty skinned dudes who had more luck with their keyboards than with gals.

Content Insider #147 - Security

If you pay a lot of attention to your online security, you're probably not reading this. If you pay no attention, you're probably ****ed! If you have a normal concern…how bad can it be? Take a minute and go to your favorite sites and search on the subject of online/onphone security.

Content Insider #148 - The iGen Gen X, Gen Y … Creating Havoc for Marketers

We're part of the Baby Boomer Generation--(there are two parts -- 1946 - 1964).   Then, there are the Gen Xers ('65 - '78).   Then Gen Y ('79 - '89).   Now, it's the  iGen (1990 - 2009).

Insider #145 - Content Overload

EMC and IDC recently validated what we all already knew.  We've streaked right past Moore's chip law and entered the brave new world of always on…always in touch…always creating…always accessing…always sharing.

Content Insider #142 - Whither Broadcast Storage

This year's NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show had written/unwritten themes: bigger, faster, cheaper. close enough is good enough. what happens when the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) "steals" the broadcasters' spectrum

Content Insider #143 - Clash of the Titans II

Maybe people like Jobs and Schmidt aren't omnipotent gods, but don't tick them off. Adobe insulted Steve back in '96 when they helped Gates first and wouldn't do a special version of software for the lowly Mac. Now Jobs looked down to the apps developers and said, "They need to be reminded of the order of things…" BAM!!!  he eliminated Flash from their iPhone connection and wouldn't let it on his tablet.

Content Insider #138 - Interactive TV

According to The Nielson Co., 106.5 million people watched Super Bowl XLIV. Our kids grabbed most of their favorite Winter Olympics events on their smartphones or notebooks. With less than 100 days to futbol's World Cup, we're all looking forward to the South African event.

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